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On the Rails: A Data Visualization Approach to 20th Century Dance Touring (Lecture)

This presentation asks what part transportation infrastructures have played in determining where touring dance artists travel and thus what audiences they are able to reach. In particular, I focus on changes in the US transportation landscape during the first half of the 20th century. I track the decline of train travel as automobiles and airplanes surpassed railroads, and offer some initial thoughts toward the impact these changes would have had on audience access. This presentation represents a digital humanities take on dance studies and crafts a critical mixed-methods approach from such techniques as data analysis and digital mapping in conjunction with archival research to ask the question, how does dance travel?

This lecture is part of the Research Commons Faculty Forum Series. Light refreshments will be served.

About our speaker:

Harmony Bench is Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University. Her research sits at the intersections of dance and performance studies and media and technology studies. Collaborative digital humanities projects with Kate Elswit currently underway use spatial and data analysis to consider transportation infrastructure, support networks, and other mechanisms that enable what we call movement on the move ( Since 2014, she has been co-editor of The International Journal of Screendance with Simon Ellis.

This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State.

When: Wednesday, October 11, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

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In Collaboration: Faculty Experiences Building Digital Humanities Projects with Librarians

Collaboration characterizes the digital humanities, and given the aims of many digital humanities projects, librarians, archivists, and special collections curators often prove invaluable collaborators. This panel presents the faculty perspective of such collaborations. Panelists will provide an overview of their projects and discuss their collaborations with library professionals (e.g. when in the project lifecycle faculty made contact, what specifically they consulted about, what invaluable contributions the library/library staff made, what they learned about library resources/librarians’ skillsets as a result).


  • Gillian Weiss, associate professor, and Elise Hagesfeld, PhD candidate, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University, The Jewish View @ CWRU
  • Robyn Warhol, distinguished professor, and Colleen Morrissey, PhD candidate, Department of English, The Ohio State University, Reading Like a Victorian
  • Theresa Culley, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Scientific Colonialism Project
  • Joshua Leavitt, PhD candidate, Department of English, The Ohio State University, Dime Novel Detectives
  • David Staley, associate professor, Department of History, The Ohio State University, Reframing Public Housing
  • Isaac Weiner, associate professor, Department of Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University, The American Religious Sounds Project.


Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and students interested in Digital Humanities 
Thursday, September 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Mapping in the Humanities (Workshop)

Mapping provides a powerful and effective means of discovering, analyzing, and visualizing information across a wide range of disciplines. In the humanities, the use of mapping and geo-temporal visualization has exploded in recent years – a growing trend often characterized as “the spatial turn.” In this workshop, participants will:

  • Define Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including common uses, tools, and data formats
  • Discuss various cases studies demonstrating the use of GIS and mapping for addressing humanities research questions
  • Brainstorm ideas for incorporating mapping techniques into your own humanities projects, and identify possible next steps with the workshop facilitators

This workshop will be facilitated by Leigh Bonds (Digital Humanities Librarian, University Libraries) and Josh Sadvari (GIS Specialist, University Libraries), who will be available afterward for consultations.

Who: OSU faculty, graduate students, and postdocs in the humanities
When: Thursday, September 14, 3:00 – 4:00pm
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

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Wikipedia Connection Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon

We are excited to share this guest post written by Kevin Payravi, President of Wikipedia Connection.

On March 3rd, the Research Commons hosted Wikipedia Connection’s second annual Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon. Wikipedia Connection, under the umbrella of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, is an Ohio State student organization that hosts outreach events and help get Ohio State’s students and faculty involved with contributing to Wikipedia, the free global encyclopedia that contains millions of articles that anyone can edit. 

Art+Feminism is a global campaign that occurs during Women’s History Month every year with the goal of expanding Wikipedia’s coverage of women in the arts. The vast majority of Wikipedia’s editors are men, and as a result, the encyclopedia lacks coverage of notable women and related topics. Initiatives like Art+Feminism work to help combat the gender gap. Over the years, the initiative has resulted in hundreds of edit-a-thons that occur in dozens of locations around the world in cities such as New York, Boston, London, Galway, Tel Aviv – and as of 2016, Columbus. 

Undergraduates, graduates, and faculty editing Wikipedia in the Research Common’s flexible Brainstorming space.

It is expected that Art+Feminism events around the world will collectively attract thousands of volunteers through the month of March. This years’s Art+Feminism event at Ohio State attracted 34 participants who created 11 new articles and 5 new drafts, improved 24 existing articles, and added a total of over 10,700+ words. 

The results of Wikipedia Connection’s 2017 Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon at Ohio State.

When it comes to Wikipedia, its millions of articles are primarily written by volunteers who spend time doing research and compiling information. For students, editing Wikipedia is a great way to improve their own research and writing skills, an activity that aligns well with the goal of the Research Commons. 

In addition to Art+Feminism, Wikipedia Connection has hosted a variety of other events in the Research Commons over the past year, such as the group’s recent United Nations Day Edit-a-thon, as well as their weekly workshops. Kevin Payravi, President of Wikipedia Connection, comments, “As Wikipedia Connection continues to grow and engage Ohio State’s students and faculty, we’re delighted to have the Research Commons as our primary host and look forward to future events!” 

To learn more about Wikipedia Connection, visit their website: If you are interested in keeping up to date on Wikipedia Connection’s activities and events, you may sign up for their newsletter here.

Digital Scholarship Discussed at February Mobile Coffee Series Event

On Thursday, February 25, the Research Commons hosted a Mobile Coffee for the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme on the topic of “Digital Scholarship and Data in the Arts and Humanities.” Faculty, staff and graduate students from seven different departments attended, as well as faculty and staff from the University Libraries.

The group discussion was based on the following three questions:

  1. How can digital scholarship in the arts and humanities foster student engagement and enhance teaching and learning?
  2. What are some ideas to make it easier for faculty in the arts and humanities to connect with one another and learn about digital scholarship projects happening across campus?
  3. What support is needed to make Ohio State faculty and students leaders in arts and humanities digital scholarship?

Regarding the first question, small groups discussed the need for students to think of themselves as creators, not only consumers, of knowledge. In order to more fully incorporate digital components into the classroom, collaborative opportunities are needed at the university level, including tool tutorials and learning labs. If digital components appear to be a natural element of classroom instruction – either through the expertise of the instructor or through partnerships with campus units demonstrating such expertise – rather than something hastily added to the course, students will be more inclined to become experts themselves with digital tools and methods.

When discussing what was needed to facilitate faculty collaboration in the arts and humanities, attendees brainstormed events such as “Speed Dating” for researchers looking for collaborators, podcasts of research presentations, and engagement with interdisciplinary groups and spaces at Ohio State, including the STEAM Factory and Research Commons.

Areas for growth identified by attendees to establish Ohio State as a leader in arts and humanities digital scholarship included support within departments and colleges for digital projects, as well as building a community of peer reviewers for digital scholarship across campus. Additionally, the group discussed needed changes to academic value systems, so that elements of digital scholarship, such as collaboration and new modes of digital publishing, are more readily recognized and rewarded.

Throughout the group discussion, notes were taken on the Research Commons’ whiteboards, highlights of which readers can see in the Word Cloud below. This event was the second of an ongoing series of Mobile Coffees that serve to foster dialogues on national topics in higher education and the liberal arts. The next Mobile Coffee will be held at The Ohio State University Hillel, on the topic of “Library Spaces as 21st Century Hubs for Experiential Learning” on March 31.

Mobile Coffee WordCloud

For those interested in further exploring the topic of “Digital Scholarship and Data in the Arts and Humanities,” the following suggested readings were made available to attendees of this Mobile Coffee event:

This summary was originally posted on the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme’s News page.

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